Transcript - Anastasia Myskina and Marat Safin (Russia)
9 January 2004
Disappointing finish to the week, Marat?
(Safin) Why, why…why you so positive? (laughs)
Today, if you had won you’d be in the final…
(Safin) Yeah…but if, I mean we had our chance. I had my chance in my match; I couldn’t take it, but it’s basically it’s okay. The way I’m playing it’s…I’m satisfied and we just have to work on some things. I have another extra week before the Australian Open and she (Myskina) is heading to Sydney…so basically it’s for the great preparation. She had some great matches, so she has to work on some things also. I will not say that it was terrible. What’s the point? It’s okay….you have also to find out positive sides of these matches.
Will you just practice next week in Melbourne?
If someone was needed at Kooyong, you might put your hand up?
(Safin) No, no – it’s enough; three matches for me.
What particular part of your game do you feel you need to work on?
(Safin) No, but just you know, you have to do some fitness…some, a little bit more fitness would be great and just because it’s going to be five sets. Play some, a couple of sets with other guys that they’re going to come to Melbourne to practice and just no more things…nothing special, but just get used to, because I’m not playing Sydney or Auckland…so I have to do the same…basically the same things – play some other matches with practice.
Anastasia, do you feel that you found your form as the week progressed?
(Myskina) I think it was a great week even that I lose two matches. I lose to Lindsay (Davenport) and Amelie (Mauresmo) and they’re great players, and I think I played pretty good. I mean, it’s okay. It’s the beginning of the season, it’s not that bad, so I’m really happy with this week. That’s the only bad thing; that we’re not in the final.
So do you go to Sydney tomorrow morning?
(Myskina) Yeah, I do….I do play Sydney.
Marat, how many are in your entourage – you have your coach, you have Walter for fitness…who else do you travel with?
(Safin) How many people are you wanting me to travel with?
Are there any others?
(Safin) No, no, no – it’s enough – two persons is enough for me. I have no more power for more people. No, I think it’s really enough.
What do you make of the Greg Rusedski drug test today?
(Safin) He’s not guilty yet so what can we say? Just some people accuse him and he said that he didn’t do anything wrong so basically we will see. There is a hearing, I don’t know, it’s in February or something like that, so we’ll see if it will be positive or not.
Is there, to your knowledge, very much drug use in tennis?
(Safin) I don’t know, but those of you have to understand one thing…it’s umm…because nobody actually knows but, for example, when somebody is buying vitamins or these kind of minerals that is not any drugs – you know what I’m talking about…whatever they write on…some companies, when you buy a bottle, they write outside what is the ingredients inside. And probably sometimes they mess it up and don’t write all the ingredients that there are inside. So basically then you discover that you are getting positive. So you have to be careful and you have to be, you know, really check. But it’s…it can happen to anybody. I don’t know in this case but it’s just one of the examples.
Anastasia, Marat – how many times were you tested last year?
(i guess it's Nastya's answer
)All the time. Every grand slam and especially in the Fed Cup…even three times during the Fed Cup in two days. Yeah, and just they can take you anywhere anytime because before Olympics Games they really kind of pay attention right now to anybody…so they can come in when it’s your home and take you there.
Lindsay and James said about…at least 10 times each – would that be right for you two as well?
(Safin) Well, I was out…I wasn’t playing last year.
(Myskina) For me, yeah. I was given maybe ten times.